Calendar of Events


  If you haven an event you would like to see listed in the Calendar of Events, please email your request to or mail your submission to Show Me The Ozarks, 18724 Hwy 59, Neosho, MO 64850. Events are printed on a space available basis and must be received by the 5th of the month prior to the month of the schedule event. 

 In light of COVID-19, please confirm any events listed below are still occurring with the respective organization before attending.

Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Grove, OK: Fridays 4-8 pm and Saturdays 9 am-2 pm, downtown.

Pittsburg, KS: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays, 11th and Broadway streets, downtown Pittsburg. 620.231.8310.

Carthage, MO: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 am until the farmers sell out of product. North side of the historic Carthage square.

Lamar, MO: 1-6 pm Wednesdays, 8:30 am-1 pm Saturdays, Moore Pavilion, 10th & Poplar. 417.682.3579.

Joplin, MO: Every Saturday, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Empire Market, 931 E. 4th Street.

Every Wednesday: Freeman Farmers Market, 4-7:30 pm, Freeman West Main Entrance, 417.347.5646.

Monett, MO: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays; Tuesdays TBD. South Park by the YMCA parking lot. 

Neosho, MO: 9 am-12 pm Saturdays, Tuesdays 4-7 pm, corner of Spring & Jefferson streets, downtown.

Webb City, MO: Tuesdays 4-7 pm, Thursdays 11 am-2 pm, and Saturdays 9 am-12 pm. Pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.

Area Firework Displays & Parades

Pittsburg, KS

July 3: Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks, 9 pm, Chatters.

Miami, OK

July 4: 4th of July Extravaganza, 4-10 pm, Buffalo Run Casino & Resort. Live music, food, fun for all, and the largest fireworks display. Fireworks begin at dark. 918.542.4435.

Wyandotte, OK

July 2: Fireworks Display, 6 pm, Wyandotte Nation Pow-Wow Grounds, 5.2 miles east of Wyandotte on Highway 60. Celebration with live music, food vendors and fireworks display. Personal coolers allowed. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this fun event for the entire family.

Carl Junction, MO

July 4: Carl Junction Parade, 10 am. Celebrate the 4th of July at our parade! Open to all children, adults, businesses and groups!

Joplin, MO

June 20-July 4: Black Market Fireworks, retail fireworks sales at 10 area locations (three indoor air-conditioned locations in Joplin and seven tent locations throughout the Southwest Missouri region).

Crawford County, KS / Arcadia, KS

July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Night Fishing Jackpot Tournament, 6 pm, Bone Creek Lake.

July 11-12: American Bass Anglers (ABA) Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Tournament, Bone Creek Lake.

Frontenac, KS

July 3-4 & 17-18 & 31-August 1: Movin On, 7:30 pm, Barto’s Idle Hour.

July 10-11 & 25: Cotton, 7:30 pm, Barto’s Idle Hour.

July 24: Johnnie Zibert Polka Band, 7:30 pm, Barto’s Idle Hour.

Girard, KS

July 11: Paint and Sip, 2 pm, Bender On 7.

July 28-August 1: Crawford County Fair, Crawford County Fairgrounds.

July 29-30: Rodeo, 7 pm, Crawford County Fairgrounds.

July 31: Truck & Tractor Pull, 6:30 pm, Crawford County Fairgrounds.

August 1: Demolition Derby, 7 pm, Crawford County Fairgrounds.

Hepler, KS

July 3: 50th Annual Rodeo & Dance, 7 pm, Hepler Ruritan Rodeo Arena.

July 4: Parade, Kids Games & Hillbilly Games, 11 am, Downtown Hepler.

July 4: 50th Annual Rodeo & Fireworks, 7 pm, Hepler Ruritan Rodeo Arena.

Pittsburg, KS

July 24-25 Four State Farm Show, 8 am-4 pm, Plaster Center on Pittsburg State campus. (NEW LOCATION)

July 26: Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers, 1 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum.ArtForms Gallery, 620 N. Broadway, Pittsburg KS, 620.240.0165: ArtForms artists offer pop-up workshops during the month. Contact the Gallery to book a private party with an ArtForms Gallery artist. Facebook: 

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Tuesdays: Art Exploration, 1-3 pm. Feel free to bring something you are working on. Free.

July 7-10: Young Artists Camp 2020. Three age groups: 6-9 years at 10-11 am; 10-12 years at 12-1:30 pm; 13-17 years at 2:30-4 pm, $50 per student.

July 26: Fused Glass Small Dishes, 1-4 pm, $50. Design a small dish using a base glass and adding glass elements. No experience needed. Bring a mask and wear close-toed shoes. Class limit 8; 14 years and older.

Carl Junction, MO

Carl Junction Community Center: 303 N. Main, 417.649.7237

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Yoga, 6 pm. Saturdays: Zumba, 9 am & Wednesdays: 6:30 pm. Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: Pickle ball, 6-10 pm. Tuesday & Thursday: 1-3 pm. Sunday 3-6 pm.

Carthage, MO

July 17: Progressive Citywide Reopening, 9 am-8 pm, multiple locations all over Carthage. Free concert in the park. Contact

Diamond, MO

George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit* Programs will be presented outside on the park grounds.

July 4 & 5: Encouraging the Next Generation, 1 pm. George Washington Carver was a teacher, friend and mentor to many Tuskegee Institute students and other young people who faithfully carried on his work. Visitors will learn of the treasured relationships and a group of young men often referred to as “Carver’s Boys.” 

July 14: Carver Day, 9 am-4 pm. We will celebrate the 1943 establishment of the park on Facebook and Twitter! Enjoy rare photographs and video footage from our past celebrations. Carver scholars, performing artists and music will be featured on Facebook and Twitter each day from July 11 to July 14.

July 18 & 19: Who Was George Washington Carver, 1 pm. Created from an in-depth study on Carver’s life, this photographic presentation and discussion explores his life and times. 

July 25 & 26: African American Trailblazers, 1 pm. Who successfully created the first light bulb filament? Ragtime music? The world’s first blood bank? Join us for this discussion exploring some of the many contributions and accomplishments of African Americans. 

Joplin, Mo

July 10: First Friday WineShare, 6-8 pm, Corner Greer & Associates, Inc. and Craven Media (714 & 716 S. Main St). Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. Free. More information:, 417.501.9649.

July 16: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown. Come with your friends and family to stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Free. More information:, 417.501.9649.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, Missouri. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.

July 13: Under the Creek free class for Nature Explorers (ages 7-12), 5:30 pm, Wildcat Pavilion. Many of our flying insects begin life underwater in streams, and we will learn how to find these critters. To register, visit our Facebook page or leave message at 417.708.7713.

July 25 or July 29: Wild Babies. Free Class: 1-2 pm, 2-2:30 pm, or July 29, 10-11 am, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Wildcat Village. Ages 3 to 6. We will go wading in the spring and explore for insects. To register, visit our Facebook page or leave message at 417.708.7713.

July 11: Yoga in Nature for Kids. Free class 11:15 to 11:45 am for ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Class held at the Wildcat Glades Pavilion. To register, visit our Facebook page or leave a message at 417.708.7713.

Webb City, MO

July 11: Route 66 Cruise-A-Palooza, 12 pm, King Jack Park. Live music, Frisco marketplace with craft vendors, Route 66 car cruise with giveaways, carnivals, food trucks, outdoor expo, trolley rides, downtown sidewalk sale, fashion show, petting zoo, kids’ area with foam blast machine. Call 417.673.1154.

July 11: Route 66 Cruise Night, 5 pm, downtown. Dash plaques to the first 50! This is a free event open to everyone! DJ, trophies and door prizes. Call 417.673.1154.

Grove, OK

July 11: Grove Community Gospel Singing, 6 pm, Grove 1st Assembly of God, 29080 S. 637 Road. Scheduled singer is The Punces Family. Call 417.775.4121



Brought to you by Connect2Culture. This content is available 6/1/20 at The events listed below are creative alternatives offered by area arts and cultural organizations in the wake of COVID-19. Please confirm the events below are still occurring before attending.


July 24: Live Music by Dance Monkey Dance, 7 pm, Bookhouse Cinema. Doug Dicharry, formerly of the Ben Miller Band, brings his unique style to Bookhouse Cinema with his incredible one-man band! Holly Crane,, 417.825.5161.



Saturdays in July: Empire Market Curbside, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, 931 E. 4th St. Locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Order online for curbside pickup (order deadline is Thursdays at 8 pm) at More information:, 417.986.3914.

Through July 10: Creative Arts Academy Summer Challenge (grades 9-12), online and on Instagram. In the stead of its traditional Creative Arts Academy, Ozark Christian College is hosting a Creative Arts Academy Summer Challenge. Beginning Monday, June 15, put your creativity to the test through a variety of challenges focusing on different media. Each week will feature a new theme and a new accompanying challenge. Participants can enjoy webinars and virtual community nights with friends and teachers from the Creative Arts Academy. Keep an eye on their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and website. Free and open to the public. More information: Carolyn Hardison,, 417.626.1234 X2400.

Through July 25: Joplin Public Library Summer Reading Program encourages kids, teens and adults to participate and win prizes by completing reading requirements for their age group. Activities offered through the program will follow this year’s theme, Imagine Register at Free and open to the public. Christina Matekel-Gibson,, 417.623.2184.

Through July 31: Post Art Library: Summer Reading Art Challenge. Participants are encouraged to create artwork based on Missouri’s statewide theme for summer reading. This year’s competition will be virtual and has been expanded to include visual, performing and literary art and more. The 2020 theme is fairy tales, fantasy and mythology. Create an original painting, poem, animation, song, dance, etc., based on the theme and share it using #PALart2020. Then, stay tuned to @PostArtLibrary on Facebook through June and July as they spotlight their favorite submissions. Participation is all ages, open to the public, and a library card is not necessary. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan,, 417.623.7953 X1041.

All Month: Coloring JOMO: Women Who Made Their Mark on Post Art Library’s website. Learn about and color 12 important women whose influence has had a lasting impact on Joplin. Download the full book now from and start coloring! Free. More information:, 417.623.7953 X1041.

July 1, 8, 15, 22: JPL Summer Reading Program: Jay & Leslie Five Minutes of Fun (ages 3-6), 10 am, Joplin Public Library’s website. In each of these short videos, Jay and Leslie start by demonstrating a piece of juggling equipment, like bean bags, hats or spinning plates. Next, they invite kids to help solve a pattern mystery involving shapes, colors, letters and other elements. Videos will be posted July 1, July 8, July 15 and July 22 at 10 am. Videos will be available to watch one week after posting. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson,, 417.623.2184.

July 2: First Thursday ArtWalk, 6-8 pm, downtown Joplin. Dozens of artists will show or demonstrate their artistic process, and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic downtown Joplin. Free. Contact, 417.438.5931.

July 3, 17 and 31: C2C Biweekly Check-Ins, 2 pm via Zoom. Casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news and ideas with one another during this time. You and your organization are invited to join the conversation! Registration required. Register: (case sensitive). Instructions will be sent upon registration. More information:, 417.501.5550.

July 5, 12, 19 & 26: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 pm, Blackthorn Pizza & Pub, 510 S. Joplin Ave. Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 pm, 21+ from 10 pm until close. Free. More information:, 417.540.9186.

July 9: Artist Talk with Jim Bray, 6 pm, Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Artist and former MSSU Art Department head, Jim Bray, returns to discuss the mixed media pieces featured in his exhibit. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley,, 417.625.9563.

July 9: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm on Facebook. The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels, nonfiction books and articles. The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. In the wake of COVID-19, meetings are being held through their Facebook page. More information:, 417.691.0480.

July 16: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Free. More information:, 417.501.9649.

July 25: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10 am, Beckett’s Café. Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Coffee Hours offer JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic or participate in a professional development workshop. JRAC Coffee Hours are held on the fourth Saturday of each month. Guests and members are welcome to attend. Membership dues for JRAC are $35 annually. More information:

July 28: C2C Fifth Annual Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview, 2 pm, via Zoom. Connect2Culture is excited to host the fifth annual Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview virtually. This event gives arts and cultural organizations the chance to tell their story and share what they have planned for the year ahead (2020-2021). Each group will have up to two minutes to update the community on what their organization does and/or what they have planned for the coming year. This C2C Roundtable aims to educate the public about upcoming events and encourage collaboration between participating organizations, as well as inform the media about potential opportunities for an interesting story. The media, the Joplin arts and cultural community, artists, arts advocates and the community-at-large are invited and welcome to attend! Registration is required for those attending and organizations wishing to present. Presenters are asked to register by Tuesday, July 21, at Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Frankoski,, 417.501.5550.


All Month: Joplin High School Virtual Art Show. Although their physical art show was cancelled, Joplin High School’s artists’ work can still be admired through a virtual showcase. Take your virtual tour today at and celebrate the hard work and talent of these young, local artists! Free and open to the public. More information: Seth Wolfshorndl,

All Month: MSSU Senior Capstone Exhibit on Missouri Southern State University’s website. With the campus closed mid-semester, Missouri Southern State University’s graduating art majors were unable to exhibit the projects they had spent months or years completing. Although the campus gallery remains closed, MSSU’s Art Department is proud to exhibit the capstone projects of senior art majors at More information: Frank Pishkur,, 417.625.9735.

July 1-31: Joplin Regional Artists Coalition: Out of Confinement, online at Description TBA. Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Rose,

June 29-July 23: Mixed Media Exhibition by Jim Bray, Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Award-winning artist and former MSSU Art Department head Jim Bray has developed a well-earned following in the United States and abroad. Bray’s dynamic artistry extends to painting, collage, watercolor and graphic design, and his work often reflects his interest in the “vanishing landscape” of rural America. From exhibits in the U.S. and other countries to private collections, Bray’s work is highly esteemed – and you can view a selection of it at MSSU’s Spiva Art Gallery. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley,, 417.625.9563.

Create N Sip, 223 W. 3rd Street:

All Month: Create N Sip To-Go Kits, Create N Sip Studios, 223 W. 3rd St. Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Create N Sip’s To-Go Kits! More information: John Coleman,, 417.680.5434.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St.: 

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2-5 pm. Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 3 hours of painting time, you can accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. Cost: $20. More information:

Wednesdays: Wednesday Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic Come & Go, 10 am-2 pm. Enjoy traditional or experimental watercolor painting led by Donna Roberts, who will use watercolors or fluid acrylics. Sign-up required; you can sign up at Local Color in person during regular business hours or by calling 417.553.0835. Cost: $20 with your own supplies, $30 with supplies furnished. More information:, 417.623.3727.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6-8 pm. Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels, beginner to advanced! $30 per class. More information:, 417.553.0835.

Spiva Center for the Arts: Third and Wall streets, Joplin, MO

Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at or follow us on Facebook. Register online at, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.


July 2: Spiva Trivia Night Live, 6 pm on Facebook. Spiva Center for the Arts is holding a three-round trivia night on Facebook! Put your knowledge of random things to the test as you answer questions in the comments from the comfort of your own home. Free. More information:, 417.623.0183.


Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 3:45-5 pm. A variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Pre-registration recommended. Space is limited. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10 am–noon. This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. Free. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Second & Fourth Saturdays: Vet Art with Sandra Conrad, 10:30 am-noon. Instructor Sandra Conrad will lead participants every second and fourth Saturday of the month in a variety of art projects using different mediums. Pre-registration required. This free event is open to all active military, reserve, National Guard and veterans and their families. More information:, 417.623.0183.


Through July 10: Small Works Auction, Spiva Center for the Arts. Those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 22nd annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 100 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. Bidding available at More information:, 417.623.0183.

Through July 18: PhotoSpiva. Celebrating its 44th year, PhotoSpiva 2020 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. View this highly anticipated exhibit at More information:, 417.623.0183.

Minnie Hackney Community Service Center of Joplin, 110 S. Main St:

First Mondays: Recycled Art Class, 1-3 pm. Create art from everyday items that often end up in the trash. $5 non-members, free for members. Memberships are $70 a year. More information:, 417.499.1525.

Second Mondays: Quilting for the Community, 1-3 pm. Use your talents to make quilts for disabled and needy citizens in the community. Free. Memberships are $70 a year. More information:, 417.499.1525.

First & Third Tuesdays: Soul Line Dancing, 6-8 pm. Learn new and old line dances while exercising and dancing to some of your favorite R&B hits. $5 non-members, free for members. Memberships are $70 a year. More information:, 417.499.1525.

Wednesdays: Cooking with Community, 2-5 pm on Facebook Live. Cook some of the community’s favorite dishes with the leaders and members of Minnie Hackney Community Service Center. Watch and follow along on their Facebook page at and create a delectable meal for you and your family. If you have a meal to share with the community, contact the Minnie Hackney Community Service Center at More information:, 417.499.1525.



In light of COVID-19, please confirm any events listed below are still occurring with the respective organization before attending.

Pittsburg, KS

July 1: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Wednesday of each month, 6 pm, Via Christi, 1 Mt. Carmel Way, Pittsburg, KS. Call 620.232.9000. Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four-State Area interested in learning about, or already considering, surgery as an option for weight-loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight-loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Via Christi hospital promotes wellness and offers the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight-loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.

July 9: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS  

July 7: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

July 22: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

July 7: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.

July 8 & 22: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Freeman Farmers Market, 4-7:30 pm, Freeman West main entrance. The market runs May through September each year, offering fresh fruits, vegetables and other products from local farms. Cash and checks are accepted, and a few vendors accept credit cards. 417.347.5646

July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: COVID-19 Immunity Testing, 8 am-12 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Call 417.347.5646 to schedule appointment. Cost for testing is $60. Cash, check, VISA, MasterCard or FLEX cards are accepted.

July 7: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services for those enrolled through JRO should be requested in advance. 417.347.7850

July 8: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Lisa Paugh with questions. 417.347.4029.

July 14: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30 pm-6:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Hospital West, Tower Conference Rooms (first floor). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Please contact 417.347.1266 or to register.

July 15, 16, 22, 23: Freeman Safe Sitter® Classes, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Freeman Hospital East, Conference Rooms 1-3E, 932 E. 34th St. Safe Sitter® is a one-day program that teaches 11- to 14-year-olds life-saving skills so they can be safe if they are home alone or watching younger children. Fee: $40. Pre-registration is required. Register at 417.347.4430

July 21: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Patients pre- and post-weight-loss surgery gather to share successes and support each other during challenges. Please contact 417.347.1266 or visit for more information or to register.

July 22: Freeman Blood Drive, 10 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital West, Conference Rooms 1-4W, 1102 W. 32nd St. Roll up your sleeve and help someone in need! 417.347.4603

July 23: Freeman Neosho Blood Drive, 12-4 pm, Freeman Neosho Hospital, Central Conference Room, 113 W. Hickory St., Neosho. Roll up your sleeve and help someone in need! 417.347.4603

July 24: Leffen Center Parents Coffee, 8:30-9:30 am, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. This social group is designed specifically for caregivers of children 4 and under with developmental delay(s). Parents can have a coffee and socialize with other parents while their children play in a supervised environment nearby.417.347.7850

July 27: Freeman Real Living with Diabetes, 4:30-5:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, East Conference Room, 1901 E. 20th St. A meeting for anyone struggling with diabetes to discuss real issues and concerns. This month’s topic is Problem Solving and Emergency Preparedness. Refreshments, snacks, product samples and prize drawings available. 417.347.5700.

July 27: Freeman Living with Type 1 Diabetes Support Group, 5:306:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, East Conference Room, 1901 E. 20th St. A time to share, meet others and support those with Type 1 Diabetes. The meeting topic is Caring for your Eyes with Diabetes.” Refreshments, snacks, product samples and prize drawings available. 417.347.5700.

July 28: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30-6:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Please contact 417.347.1266 or to register.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

July 27: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

Tuesdays: Vernon County Farmer’s Market, 3-6 pm. Purchase fresh, local produce Tuesdays June through September. NRMC North Parking Lot.

Caregiver’s Support Group: This meeting will not take place in person for the time being. However, we encourage anyone seeking support to call us and we will be happy to visit over the phone to offer free support and resources. Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Call 417.448.3999.

July 11: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Four-hour class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register for this class. 

July 15: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.

July 21 & 23: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Two-part childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register.

July 28: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-12 pm. Free screenings every third Tuesday. This month featuring Bone Density. Kern Senior Center.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

July 7 & 21: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

July 9: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

July 9: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

July 7: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

Crisis Text Line: Free, 24/7 support for those in crisis, connecting people in crisis to trained crisis counselors. Our first priority is helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. YOU = our priority. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA
to text with a trained crisis counselor.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255